- In Short
- Installation art
materials that have the ability to assume qualities from one another
We aren’t constantly aware of it, but almost everything around us has been constructed. At the base of these constructs are processes like ideation, inspiration, scientific research, experiment, and self-reflection. In her work, Maaike Kramer creates spatial interpretations of these processes.
Paradis is a wall sculpture made out of concrete, marble and sheets, combined with drawings on the wall. The work is reminiscent of the grotesque architectural concepts of Albert Speer, who applied classical Roman architecture in his grand design of a new, totalitarian world. Pi de Bruin’s ideology of a new world as applied to the construction of the Bijlmer (“We thought happiness could be created”) is another source of inspiration. Paradis is a monumental wall sculpture, a facade built up with modular pieces that can be arranged in many ways.
Encapsulated in the work are graphite drawings and notes that reflect thoughts about setbacks in the creation process, brainstormed ideas from the period leading up to the creation of the work, and ideas for future works that emerged during construction.
Maaike Kramer uses materials that have the ability to assume qualities from one another during the formation process. Because of this, all materials mix and transform. Concrete, for example, adopts graphite drawings as well as the structure of the paper. By combining monumental imagery with sketches, the created constructions are no longer solely monumental but also carry doubt and contemplation within them.